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The brakes are on at Ilyushin
01 September 2005
A faulty breaking system led to the recent grounding of the Il-96-300, a fact that Aeroflot has highlighted. In the first of a new column, Steve Thomson, editor of Concise Aerospace (www.concise.org), reports.
Despite a very strong performance from the Russian aerospace
sector at the recent MAKS-2500 Air Show, the industry continues
to be dogged by old problems. These can best be illustrated by
the recent grounding of the Il-96-300 after the discovery of
faults with the aircraft's braking system.
The grounding of the aircraft embodies many of the issues
that have beset the sector over the past 10 years. The industry
has struggled to find a course between the obstacles of
perennial Russian political intrigue and influence, continues
to produce a poor-quality product as a result of outdated work
practises, has had many years of underinvestment and lacks the
political will to restructure the industry fundamentally.
Since entering service almost 12 years ago, the Il-96-300
has left a litany of complaints from its operators about almost
every aspect of its performance. Aeroflot, having developed
such a loathing for the aircraft, has mounted...
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